Latta, Charles Robert, MAJ

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Last Rank
Major
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, 1981, 175th Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1949 - 1967

Transportation Corps

Major



One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1931
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Gadsden
Last Address
Fort Riley, KS

Casualty Date
Aug 09, 1967
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Memory Hill Cemetery - Dothan, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 095/Garden of Devotion

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]4 - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
9th Infantry Division1st Aviation Brigade164th Aviation Group13th Aviation Battalion
175th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1966-1967, 1981, 9th Infantry Division
  1967-1967, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1967-1967, 1981, 164th Aviation Group
  1967-1967, 1981, 13th Aviation Battalion
  1967-1967, 1981, 175th Aviation Company (AHC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major Charles Latta served with 175th Assault Helicopter Company in Gia Dinh Province, RVN.

On 9 August 1967, his crew was en route from the 24th Field Hospital Heliport to Can Tho Air Field, Bear Cat Air Field, Long Binh, and due for a direct return to Vinh Long.

He  was killed when a USAF RF-101 vectoring in to Tan Son Nhut Air Base collided with his helicopter, UH-1D (tail number 66-01099), killing all aboard. The Air Force pilot, Major Jack Bond, ejected and survived with major injuries.

Those lost: 

Crew:
Major Charles R. Latta, P
1st Lt. George F. Sodaitis, P
SP4 Gary R. Kooman, CE
SP4 Gerald L. Hopper, G

Passengers
Pvt. William J. McRae, Quartermaster Corps 175th
Jerry L. Degnan, (Civilian with Decca Navigator Systems, Inc. based in Saigon training helicopter pilots, and not properly identified until 2001. He was an unmanifested passenger on the aircraft that day.)

Note:
He had had prior service with the USAF from 24 Mar 1949 until 29 Oct 1952. He reenlisted on 1 Feb 1956 in the Army.
   
Comments/Citation
Not Specified
   
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